Beethoven was most distressed when he discovered that of all his recent compositions, it was his Septet that was gaining greatest favour by Viennese audiences. He considered it somewhat unworthy of himself! Yet, the music continues to endure and this marvellous recording is now coupled on CD with the more intimate ‘Serenade’ as well as Schumann’s Adagio and Allegro for horn and piano. All recordings are released internationally on CD for the first time.
LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN
Serenade for Flute, Violin & Viola in D major, Op. 25
Septet in E flat major, Op. 20
Adagio and Allegro in A flat major, Op. 70
Melos Ensemble of London
‘(Septet) …if it is to be attacked with seemingly youthful vigour, then clearly the Melos Ensemble are the players willing and able to do it…’ Gramophone